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Canadiens vs. Minnesota

Bell Centre – March 12, 2016 – 7:15pm

Lineup Changes

….Defenseman #44 Darren Dietz and forward #54 Charles Hudon called up from St. John’s Friday.

… The Canadiens will be missing three more from their lineup. P.K. Subban (neck); Lars Eller (virus); Stefan Matteau (lower body).

….Charles Hudon replaces Eller on the line with Plekanec & Byron. Lucas Lessio goes to the fourth line with Danault and Mike Brown. McCarron centres de la Rose and Mitchell.

….On defense Barberio moves up to replace Subban next to Markov. Darren Dietz makes his NHL debut alongside Victor Bartley. ‘Emelin and Pateryn remain together.

Head to Head

….Second of two meetings. At Minnesota the Wild edged the Canadiens 2-1.

….Minnesota has lost it’s last three games at the Bell Centre and six of the last seven including the last Montreal meeting Nov 18the of lat season, a 4-1 Montreal win on Guy Lapointe retirement night.

….The Wild’s last win at the Bell Centre was 3-1  Dec. 17th 2009.

….The home team has won the last six meetings between the teams.

1 minny prv gallagherAbout the Canadiens

….The Canadiens record is 32-30-6. They rank 14th in the league in goals for at 2.66 per game and 20th in goals against at 2.75 per game.

….The Canadiens have eleven players out with injury or illness, the most for any one game in at least the fifty years since the 1967 expansion and probably ever.  Prior to 1967, NHL teams carried 16 skaters and one goaltender rather than the present-day 23 man roster.  Odds of eleven being out out at one time would be very long.

…..On April 4th 2012, the Canadiens had ten on their injury list for a game against Tampa Bay.  With ten players on their roster from their Hamilton Bulldogs farm team they defeated Tampa Bay 5-2. …..In 2011-2012 the Canadiens suffered 438 man games lost to injury.  With the eleven out for this game, the season total to date is 222.

….Darren Dietz is the 16th player to dress for a Canadiens game who also wore a St. John’s IceCaps uniform this season.   Dietz will also be the 12th defenseman to play in a Canadiens game this season.

….Four of the six defensemen that played in each of the first nine games of the season are out of the lineup including Subban, Petry, Gilbert and Beaulieu.

….Of the 23 players on the Canadiens season opening roster only nine are available for this game.  Nine out with injury or illness and five have been traded or in Alexander Semin’s case-released.

….Once again the Canadiens are trying for a third consecutive win. Their last three game regulation win streak was part of a four game stretch Nov. 20-25. They put three together Feb 6 through 8th but the middle game was a shootout win against Carolina.

….The Canadiens are 7-0-1 their last eight games at home. They are 1-6-1 their last eight on the road.

….The Canadiens have scored nine goals over their last three games. Alex Galchenyuk has six of them.

1 mnny galch….Galchenyuk has 11 goals in his last eight games and 13 over his last 20 after scoring ten in the season’s first 48.

….Galchenyuk has scored two goals in each of his last two games, has four two-goal games in five. He has six-two-goal games this season. His only career hattrick came last December 16th at home against Carolina (3 goals on 3 shots). Max Pacioretty drew first assist on all three goals.

….Galchenyuk is the 16th player in Canadiens history to score 25 goals before the age of 23. Galchenyuk only turned 22 exactly a month ago.

….Max Pacioretty has 4 goals 1 assist last two including a hattrick in an 11 minute stretch Nov. 19th 2013

….P.K. Subban will miss his first career game due to injury.   Since becoming a permanent member of the team at the start of the 2010-11 season he has missed 12.  In his rookie year Jacques Martin sat him out five games in December 2010.  Randy Cunneyworth kept him out of a game in December 2011 after he was minus-4 his two previous games.  Subban also held out for six games at the start of the lockout shortened2013 season.  Since then he had played in 274 straight.

…..Tomas Plekanec inherits the iron man mantle at a modest 157 games.  Plekanec has been remarkably durable missing only 12 games over the past ten seasons.

1 minny prv pacAbout the Wild

….Minnesota is 11-13-2 vs. Eastern Conference teams this season.

….This game is the start of a three game road trip which will take them to Ottawa and New Jersey.

….Since John Torchetti took over from Mike Yeo as interim head coach Feb. 14th the Wild are 5-2 on the road.

….Minnesota is in a race with Colorado for the final Western Conference wild-card spot. They have lost two straight to fall two points behind them but the Wild hold a game in hand.

….Minnesota has scored only seven goals over their last four games. They lost 2-1 to Edmonton at home on Thursday.

….Minnesota’s lone goal Thursday was scored by Zach Parise ending a personal nine goal drought. He has only three goals over his last 24 games.

….Thomas Vanek has no goals and one assist over his past seven games.

….The Canadiens won’t see Jason Pominville in this game. He has five goals his last five games against the Canadiens. A lower body injury kept him out of Thursday’s game ending a streak of 231 consecutive games played.

1 minny prv goaltenderGoaltending

….Mike Condon only career appearance against Minnesota was Dec. 22nd. He stopped 20 of 22 shots in the 2-1 loss at Xcel Energy Center.

….This will be Condon‘s ninth start the last 12 games. In the nine starts he is 4-3-2 with a 2.82 GAA and .913 save percentage. In five of the nine starts he allowed two or fewer goals. In those games he was 3-0-2.

….For Minnesota it will be Devan Dubnyk. He has a career record of 2-1-1 vs. the Canadiens with a 3.21GAA.

…. Dubnyuk was out with a virus for Thursday’s game against Edmonton. He had won four straight before allowing three goals on 16 shots before being pulled midway through a 4-2 loss to St. Louis last Sunday.

….Darcy Kuemper was in goal for the Minnesota’s Dec. 22nd win over the Canadiens.

….The Wild’s leading scorer Mikko Koivu celebrates his 33rd birthday on this day.

Special Teams

….The Canadiens produced a power play goal vs. Buffalo Thursday ending a 0-for-18 drought. They now have three PPG’s in their last 32 opportunities – 9.4%.

….Overall the Canadiens are 23rd in the league at 17.3% (38/220). Their penalty killing ranks 5th at 84.4% (33/211).

….Minnesota has scored at least one power play goal in a franchise record 12 straight road games.

….For the season the Wild rank 16th at 18.6% (40/215).

….Minnesota penalty killing is 28th in the league – 76.2% (40/168)

Minnesota Line Combinations & Pairings

11-Zach Parise 9-Mikko Koivu 3-Charlie Coyle

16-Jason Zucker 64-Mikael Granlund 26-Thomas Vanek

22-Nino Niederreiter 56-Erik Haula 10-Jordan Schroeder

7-Chris Porter 19-Jarret Stoll 12-David Jones

20-Ryan Suter 46-Jared Spurgeon

24-Mathew Dumba 6-Marco Scandella

25-Jonas Brodin 39-Nate Prosser

40-Devan Dubnyk

Injuries – RW Jason Pominville (lower body);

Healthy Scratches – LW Jason Zucker; LW Chris Porter; D Mike Reilly

Canadiens Lines & Pairings

67-Max Pacioretty 27-Alex Galchenyuk 42-Sven Andrighetto

54-Charles Hudon 14-Tomas Plekanec 41-Paul Byron

25-Jacob de la Rose 34-Mike McCarron 17-Torrey Mitchell

53-Lucas Lessio 24-Phillip Danault 13-Mike Brown

79-Andrei Markov 45-Mark Barberio

74-Alexei Emelin 5-Greg Pateryn

20-Victor Bartley 54-Darren Dietz

39-Mike Condon

Healthy Scratches – none

Injuries – D P.K. Subban (neck); LW Lars Eller (virus); LW Stefan Matteau (lower body); G Carey Price (IR knee); D-Jeff Petry (IR sports hernia surgery); D-Nathan Beaulieu (IR-lower body); D Tom Gilbert (IR left knee surgery); RW Brendan Gallagher (lower body); C David Desharnais (IR broken foot) LW-Brian Flynn (IR knee); LW Daniel Carr (IR knee);